Arkansas Heritage Grant awarded to Main Street Morrilton

LITTLE ROCK – Five organizations from around Arkansas have received an Arkansas Heritage Grant from the Division of Arkansas Heritage. The grants ranged in size from $3,695 to $5,000 for each institution and will fund various projects ranging from museum and musical exhibits to legacy gardens.

“Each year, we are delighted to help Arkansas communities tell our shared story through programs and celebrations across The Natural State,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “The Arkansas Heritage Grants help to connect individuals to that shared heritage in unique and exciting ways.”

Grants were announced for the following organizations:

  1. Acacia Wood (Helena), $4,500
  2. Brinkley Chamber of Commerce Foundation, $5,000
  3. Eureka Springs Historical Museum, $3,695
  4. Lakeview Association of Alumni and Friends, Inc. (Phillips County), $5,000
  5. Main Street Morrilton, $5,000, for new park Holyfield Place

Arkansas Heritage Grants are designed to help groups promote awareness and enjoyment of Arkansas’s heritage; increase community-based nonprofit groups’ abilities to create heritage-related programs, especially in places where they would otherwise not occur; foster cooperative efforts among organizations, businesses and government to increase the size and scope of events; and create ongoing components to existing heritage-related celebrations.

Grants up to $5,000 each are awarded biannually to local organizations to underwrite the development of Arkansas heritage-themed events, projects and activities. The grants are funded by the 1/8-cent conservation tax, Amendment 75. 

The mission of the Division of Arkansas Heritage is to identify Arkansas heritage and enhance the quality of life for all Arkansans by the discovery, preservation and presentation of the state’s cultural, historic and natural resources. Jimmy Bryant, director of the Division of Arkansas Heritage, expanded on how the Arkansas Heritage Grant recipients help to fulfill that mission. 

“The winning proposals deepen our connection to our shared heritage,” said Bryant. “Through events, projects and activities, these grant recipients add rich details and vitality to our ever-growing story.”

Bryant presented ceremonial checks to the grant recipients at an event at the Division of Arkansas Heritage headquarters.

To learn more about the application process, visit The deadline for the next cycle of Arkansas Heritage Grants is Oct. 17. For more information about the program, contact Grants Manager Debra Fithen, at [email protected] or 501.324.9150.